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 Chelation Therapy: Diet and Exercise During (and After) Chelation Therapy  
 

Chelation quenches free radicals

Cranton and Frackelton (1982) point out another remarkable function of enhanced oxygenation brought on by aerobic activity:

    Proper oxygenation enhances defences against free radicals. Aerobic exercise stimulates blood flow and improves oxygen utilization resulting in adequate oxygenation to remote capillary beds. When conditions of health exist oxygen acts as a free radical scavenger during exercise and reduces free radical pathology.

Working out your 'aerobic fitness index'

It is considered that the fastest the human heart can beat without extreme danger is 220 beats per minute.

In order to establish your particular fitness index (the low and high rates needed for safe and effective aerobic exercise) we start with this number 220 from which we deduct your present age, which we can state hypothetically to be 50:

220 ­ 50= 170

From this number we also deduct your resting morning pulse rate. For three successive mornings, check your pulse on waking ­ before getting out of bed or eating or drinking anything, even water.

Let us say this rate is 70:

170 ­ 70 =100

We now need to establish what 60 per cent and 80 per cent of this final figure are:

60 per cent of 100 =60

80 per cent of 100 = 80

To these two figures we add back your morning pulse rate, giving us:

60 + 70 = 130

80 + 70= 150

These are the figures of your current aerobic fitness index if you are 50 years old and if your morning resting pulse is 70.

In order to achieve benefit to your cardiovascular system you need to get your pulse rate above 130 and maintain it there for not less than 20, and ideally 30, minutes three times per week with no more than a day between each aerobic effort.

If, however, your pulse rate were to exceed 150 during these efforts you would be in danger of stressing the heart.

It is best to check the pulse rate for 15 seconds every 5 to 7 minutes during exercise (and to multiply by 4 for the rate per minute) and thereafter, if necessary, to increase the amount of effort or speed of effort (if the rate was below the lower figure) or to slow down if it was above the higher figure.

When you have been performing aerobic exercises for some weeks it is a good idea to recheck the morning pulse rate, for as you get fitter this will slow down, giving you a new set of aerobic index figures (obviously this also alters as you get older).

Example
Dr Cooper (1980) gives examples of general exercise such as walking (undoubtedly the safest after swimming), in which a moderate level of fitness would be achieved progressively over a 16­week period. This is based on walking a specific distance in a particular time, which gradually gets shorter, requiring more effort. Each of the times/distances listed is meant to be walked not less than five times in any given week.

In week 1, a mile (1.6 km) is walked in 15 minutes (5 times in the week).

In week 2, a mile is walked in 14 minutes.

In week 3, a mile is walked in 13 mins 45 seconds.

In weeks 4, 5 and 6, 1 1/2 miles (2.4 km) is walked in 21 mins 30 seconds.

In week 7, two miles (3.2 km) is walked in 28 minutes.

In week 8, two miles is walked in 27 mins 45 seconds.

In weeks 9 and 10, two miles is walked in 27 mins 30 seconds.

In week 11, 2 1/2 miles (4 km) is walked in 35 minutes.

In week 12, 2 1/2 miles is walked in 34 mins 30 seconds.

In weeks 13, 14 and 15, 3 miles (4.8 km) is walked in 42 minutes.

In week 16, 4 miles (6.4 km) is walked in 56 minutes.

Thereafter this last timing and distance, using the pulse rate to monitor whether enough effort is being used to maintain fitness.

If anyone were starting this 16­week programme from a position of relatively poor fitness the times given for each distance would be used as a guide only and the pulse would be taken several times during the walk to see whether speed of walking was enough to achieve the lower figure on the aerobic fitness index (if not, walking faster is called for), or if it was above the higher figure, in which case slowing down would be the obvious move.

Aerobic exercise, ideally accompanied by gentle stretching exercises to warm up and with a degree of gentle movement to 'warm down' is safe and effective in enhancing chelation therapy or for enhancing cardiovascular function on its own.

Always check with your physician/health adviser before starting new forms of exercise.

And what of the mind?

Cardiovascular ill­health has long been linked with the effects of stress and anxiety. It should go without saying that the mind and body are a unit and that unless those negative factors arising out of poor stress­coping strategies or negative emotions are dealt with, a complete degree of recovery of cardiovascular (or any other area of) health is unlikely. Exercise itself has powerful beneficial effects on the mind and emotions. Along with nutritional and aerobic efforts, it is suggested that efforts be directed towards stress reduction using the extensive knowledge now available as to the value of regularly employed relaxation and meditation methods.

Smoking

Smoking of any sort imposes unbearable strain on cardiovascular function. It increases the body level of cadmium (a highly toxic heavy metal) appreciably and is a major cause of free radical activity. It reduces necessary oxygen intake and is probably the single greatest underlying life­style habit which contributes to and/or aggravates disease of the heart and circulatory system. It is plainly an indefensible habit and those physicians who simply refuse to treat patients with such health problems until they stop smoking are a growing band. Anyone having chelation therapy and who continues to smoke is plainly afflicted by a death wish.

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 About The Author
Leon Chaitow ND, DO, MROA practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the ...more
 
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